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College Football Handicapping Analysis: Week 2
Pitt Panthers vs. Tennessee Volunteers
Date: Saturday, September 11th, 2021
Time: 12:00pm EST
Venue: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tennessee
NCAA Football ATS Spread Odds: Panthers -3 / Volunteers +3
NCAA Football Moneyline Odds: Panthers -150 | Volunteers +130
NCAA Betting Total Odds: O/U 52.5
The Tennessee Volunteers host the Pitt Panthers in week 2 action. Both teams earned season-opening wins against Group of Five opponents.
The Pitt Panthers enter Rocky Top slightly favored following their 51-7 rout vs. UMass. Pitt finished 6-5 last season and remained viable among ACC Coastal programs.
Tennesse began the Josh Huepel era by downing Bowling Green 38-6. The Vols seek early success after finishing 2020 3-7.
The Panthers lost several key defensive cogs from an effective group ranked no. 37 nationally. Tennesee should test that void, though Pitt defenders made easy recent work of UConn. Senior LB John Petrishen led the Panther advance with six tackles and two sacks. Overall, Pitt gelled to record five sacks, six tackles for loss and nine QB hurries. While UT is a major step up, the Panthers can find success this weekend behind similar effort.
Offensively, veteran QB Kenny Pickett pressured the Huskies secondary with 27 of 37 passing, two touchdowns and 272 yards. Pickett’s day went so smoothly both his reserves behind center saw action. Pitt tallied 375 aerial yards in their 2021 opener.
The Panthers committee ground game added five scores and 223 yards with nine players gaining positive yardage. Expect an identical gameplan from Pat Narduzzi this weekend.
It can be said the UT Volunteers lost more talent through the transfer portal this offseason than any other major program. Minus a former starting quarterback and slew of top defenders from 2020’s group, Josh Huepel has tough work ahead. While the Rocky Top faithful demand immediate results, it will likely take several games for Huepel’s uptempo philosophy to begin meshing.
UT had difficilty connecting downfield opposite Bowling Green. Joe Milton added just 11 of 23 for 140 yards and one score. With the pass game stalled, Tennessee turned to feature backs Tiyon Evans and Jabari Smalls. Both Evans & Smalls responded with 100-plus yard games to headline the Vols’ 326 yard, four touchdown ground attack. Milton redeemed his spotty passing with two end zone trots.
Defensively, the Vols registered 11.5 tackles for loss and held BGU to 219 yards. Although, Pitt is a major step up from the Falcons and will give an accurate barometer of Tennessee’s progress.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Tennessee is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
- Tennessee is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
- Tennessee is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
- Tennessee is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
- Pittsburgh is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
- Pittsburgh is 5-9-1 ATS in its last 15 games
- Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Free Week 2 NCAA Football Pick
The spread is reasonable for this weekend’s matchup of Power Five teams looking to replace major names. Pitt does look better on paper, and performed better than UT last week.
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While the Volunteers looked good defensively vs. Bowling Green, the onus lies on UT to prove it can operate similarly vs. Pitt. While neither group faced viable week 1 opponents, take the Pitt Panthers in an early season meeting which could decide which direction both programs take this year.
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